I feel like a few of us could be up there into finally ending the long journey of collecting certain games, be it digital or physical.
I know I'm about 10 or 12 games away from completing mine, even though it's digital and yeah yeah I get it how someone could be like "you don't OWN the games". All I say is, I bought them, they're listed, I can play them .etc So I count them. There's over 1,000+ games in my library that stretch from Steam to even Epic and I only have maybe 4 launchers on my system. It's been a hell of a long ride for the past 10 years just playing the long game on picking up games for good sales and doing the rounds of trading sometimes for them. I'm also kinda bummed about it too, because, those years of getting games, there were a few moments where it reignited my spark for gaming. Except for 2016 through 2018 when I was just getting games aimlessly and even taking up freebies to crappy, low-effort and flipper games on Steam. That wasn't a fun period and it just clogged my library with sheer crap that I never was going to play.
But once I got out of that slouch, it was back to business as usual, getting thrilled to get X game for Y price and chopping my wishlist down bit by bit. I do realize that it has made the backlog problem a bit worse, however, I've still got a few years left in me and there isn't that much to obligate my life to besides a full-time job, I can find the time eventually. Right now though, I'm in the mop up phase of acquiring games to where I expect myself to wrap everything by the end of the year around Steam's Holiday 2021 Sale.
Then, I can finally focus more on playing than going around checking CheapShark, EpicBundle, IsThereAnyDeal .etc
So, how close are you to completing a collection and how has that journey been?
DefaultGen has multiple complete sets. I know he had done original Xbox and Sega CD. I believe Wii U as well. I didn't realize he let his account go on here because I still talk to him.
I collect a fair bit but I don't have any set goals. The closest thing I suppose would be anime franchises. Mostly unimpressive when it's a couple of releases but my Lupin set definitely stands out. I am completely caught up on that for US releases content and counted 38 releases in my collection. And yes I have watched almost all of it too. Of all things, I haven't finished Part 2 which is the series most people know. I'm about halfway done with that.
The largest set I have is 3DS. Probably somewhere around 150-200 games, give or take. And most of those are the good stuff. Really just missing the shovelware. Sometimes I get a desire to complete the set but other times I could care less and would rather not spend my money on games I'm never going to play. I can tell you I'm never going to spend $1000 on a stupid barbie game (rarest 3ds game)
Unless you got into it early or have lots of money set collecting is pretty much impossible for the average person. I don't see the appeal in it.
My Kirby collection is nearly done. I own a version, physical or digital, of every game except Kirby Air Ride, 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure, and two games that no one expects you to actually buy: Kirby Slide, an e-Reader card, and Kirby's Toy Box, eight disconnected Satellaview mini-games that only survive through emulation. Technically, I've got Kirby's Dream Course via Nintendo Switch online, so I might buy a physical version someday to make it official.
I just finished my Pandora's Tower Limited Edition, which is basically a collection of all the Pandora's Tower merchandise released in Europe. Wasn't cheap getting all the pieces.
I have a pretty large collection. I stopped going for complete sets way back in the end of the Dreamcast era. My interest is just collecting things that interest me more than just trying to have it to "complete" a collection. Example, I play a really fun fan translation of a game that never got a release in the US--I may go buy the physical original game just to have it in the collection.
tldr; doing it more for enjoyment rather than to just have it complete.
I had a full US DC set back in the day when the most expensive DC games were around 50. SOLD IT ALL. Decided never to do that again because there were just so many bad games that I had to have just for the sake of completion.
Currently I have a complete Evercade set. And since I pre-order the new releases when they become available it's looking to stay that way. I haven't found a total stinker of a cart yet, there's always something good. We'll see if they keep that up. With Blaze publishing all the carts themselves, and trying to curate good collections rather than just having third parties publish to get a piece of the pie, it's looking good on that front.
I'm one cartridge shy of the full thirty-two North American NTSC library. As far as video games go, it'll probably be the only "full set" I'll ever own and I'm actually really okay with that. I hate the idea of spending my hard-earned money on titles I honestly don't want to play just so I can brag about reaching some arbitrary collecting goal.
I've been working on a loose set of Famicom carts for the last decade. Currently have 1010/1053, so only 43 to go (listed below). I have a lot of good stuff I'd be willing to trade for those games, but it's hard to find people who actually have them outside of Japan.
2010 Street Fighter Adventures of Lolo II Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi Akumajou Dracula Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bubble Bobble 2 Chaos World Chiki Chiki Machine Mou Race Chitei Senkuu Vazolder Contra Cosmo Police Galivan Daiku no Gen-san 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu DATACH - Battle Rush: Build Up Robot Tournament DATACH - J.League Super Top Players DATACH - Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Bakutou Ankoku Bujutsu Kai Dezaemon Dragon's Lair Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy Gekikame Ninja Den Grand Master Gremlins 2: Shinshu Tanjou Holy Diver Hook Hyaku no Sekai no Monogatari: The Tales on a Watery Wilderness Igo Shinan '94 Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 3: Taiketsu! Zouringen Kyattou Ninden Teyandee Magical Doropie Metal Flame: Psybuster Metal Slader Glory Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon Hakase o Sukue! Nantettatte!! Baseball '91 Kaimaku Hen Nekketsu! Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk Heroes New Ghostbusters II Over Horizon Pyokotan no Dai Meiro RoboCop Snow Bros.: Nick & Tom Summer Carnival '92: Recca Tom & Jerry Uchuu Keibitai SDF Yousei Monogatari Rodland
That's awesome, Famicom rules. And yeah...some games are just insanely hard to find. I found out all about that when I was collecting Dreamcast hardcore. There are some releases for DC I've seen up for sale less than 5 times ever. Regret not buying one in particular when I saw it but this was back in like 2008 and I had no idea about the rarity.
@Staraang mostly limited/premium editions that are hard to find. Some games have 3+ different releases like I said I went deep. In particular though there was a release of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_(video_game) that came with a jigsaw puzzle that I only saw once. I confirmed that it is real with a guy on here that lived in Japan but he said even back then that you basically never see it. For awhile I trawled various Japanese sites trying to find it but ultimately gave up years ago.
>> I'm one cartridge shy of the full thirty-two North American NTSC library.
>> As far as video games go, it'll probably be the only "full set" I'll ever own
>> I'm actually really okay with that. I hate the idea of spending my hard-earned
>> on titles I honestly don't want to play just so I can brag about reaching some
>> collecting goal.
> Which one are you missing? I'm missing Magical Drop and Becky's for a CIB casino-less
> set. Not sure if I'll go for the casino games tbh
Neo Mystery Bonus(Neo Geo Pocket Color) has been my white whale for awhile now. Once that's finally in the bag, I'll have the full set of cartridges that advertise the North American ESRB ratings system. By the way, mad props for going full-on CIB, @Best1989. But, how do you deal with the unique challenges inherent with Faselei!(Neo Geo Pocket Color) and The Last Blade(Neo Geo Pocket Color)?
> Neo Mystery Bonus(Neo Geo Pocket Color) has been my white whale
> for awhile now. Once that's finally in the bag, I'll have the full set of
> cartridges that advertise the North American ESRB ratings system. By the way, mad
> props for going full-on CIB, @Best1989. But, how do you deal with the unique challenges
> inherent with Faselei!(Neo Geo Pocket Color) and The Last
> Blade (Neo Geo Pocket Color)?
Ah, those pesky casino games... I think it's easier to find them sealed than cartridge only lol
I'm going NA ESRB CIB for the 30 titles that were released with all the things. Faselei! and Last Blade I'm fine with having the cartridge, although I could get the Japanese versions too to have a box haha
>> that I only saw once. I confirmed that it is real with a guy on here that lived
>> Japan but he said even back then that you basically never see it. For awhile I
>> various Japanese sites trying to find it but ultimately gave up years ago.
> Wow, and I thought I was into Dreamcast. I never knew about any of that. I'm a lightweight
> compared to you.
Heh, I sold off a fair bit. Still have a lot but Dreamcast is the large majority of what I was collecting when I got my first job out of HS. I know at the peak it was well over 300 games. Mostly Japanese but I did used to have a chunk of US titles. Now it's 99% Japanese releases for me. Still have a few for multiple regions like Skies of Arcadia and Shenmue.
Man, that woulda been sick to complete a DC collection. I'd jizz in my pants. If I ever get in the money, I'm getting that and not letting go. Only thing I'd want more than that is like a 300-strong Genesis shelf
> |>> that I only saw once. I confirmed that it is real with a guy on here that lived
> |>> Japan but he said even back then that you basically never see it. For awhile
> |>> various Japanese sites trying to find it but ultimately gave up years ago.
>> Wow, and I thought I was into Dreamcast. I never knew about any of that. I'm a
>> compared to you.
> Heh, I sold off a fair bit. Still have a lot but Dreamcast is the large majority
> of what I was collecting when I got my first job out of HS. I know at the peak it
> was well over 300 games. Mostly Japanese but I did used to have a chunk of US titles.
> Now it's 99% Japanese releases for me. Still have a few for multiple regions like
> Skies of Arcadia and Shenmue.
I pretty much stuck with US releases. There was enough there to occupy my attention. The exceptions in my collection are Ikaruga, Shenmue 2 PAL, and the FMS games. Which are your favorite Japanese titles?
@benstylus I believe I got that one on your recommendation. I really enjoyed it as well as 50 Wacky Jobs and various other dirt cheap Wii titles. The Wii is a fun system to explore, there is a lot there.
@Staraang some games I beat (or played a lot in the case of games you don't really beat per se) and really enjoyed that were only released in Japan: Napple Tale (I was the first person to upload this game on the internet, at least certainly on any English speaking forum), Sakura Taisen 3/4 (1 and 2 are on DC too but I had played them on Saturn originally), Cool Cool Toon, Toukon Retsuden 4, Hello Kitty Magical Block (there isn't much info on this game even now, it was a budget release and I have no idea if it can be beaten, I got past stage 70 or so but it just keeps going lol), Rez (which of course was eventually released in the US on PS2 and became a cult classic), Zusar Vasar. There are probably several I'm forgetting.
Most of the shooters and fighters are really good. The one really good KoF that was Japan only is 2002, that one is a favorite. I believe most of my other favorite fighters were released in the US such as Last Blade 2, Mark of the Wolves, SF 3rd Strike
> @benstylus I believe I got that one on your recommendation. I really enjoyed it as
> well as 50 Wacky Jobs and various other dirt cheap Wii titles. The Wii is a fun system
> to explore, there is a lot there.
> @Staraang some games I beat (or played a lot in the case of games you don't really
> beat per se) and really enjoyed that were only released in Japan: Napple Tale (I
> was the first person to upload this game on the internet, at least certainly on any
> English speaking forum), Sakura Taisen 3/4 (1 and 2 are on DC too but I had played
> them on Saturn originally), Cool Cool Toon, Toukon Retsuden 4, Hello Kitty Magical
> Block (there isn't much info on this game even now, it was a budget release and I
> have no idea if it can be beaten, I got past stage 70 or so but it just keeps going
> lol), Rez (which of course was eventually released in the US on PS2 and became a
> cult classic), Zusar Vasar. There are probably several I'm forgetting.
> Most of the shooters and fighters are really good. The one really good KoF that was
> Japan only is 2002, that one is a favorite. I believe most of my other favorite fighters
> were released in the US such as Last Blade 2, Mark of the Wolves, SF 3rd Strike
Typically the only Japanese games I've played are shooters and fighters. How do you play the others when there's so much Japanese dialogue? My favorites are also Mark of the Wolves and Third Strike. I forgot about KOF. I think o have KOF 99 Evolution sealed somewhere.
Since there's been talk of it, time to brag, I do have a complete-in-box US Neo Geo Pocket Color collection, with carts of 'Faselei!' and 'The Last Blade.' I also have complete UK copies of 'Cotton,' 'Dynamite Slugger,' 'Cool Boarders Pocket' and 'Evolution: Eternal Dungeons' with carts of 'Picture Puzzle' and 'Pocket Reversi.' Plus complete Japanese copies of 'Rockman: Battle & Fighters,' 'Ogre Battle Gaiden,' 'Cool Cool Jam,' 'Card Fighters Clash 2,' 'Big Bang Pro Wrestling,' 'King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise,' 'Delta Warp' and 'Densha de Go! 2.' The one game I had sought, but never got, was the UK version of 'Neo Baccarat,' but I gave up on that years ago. It wasn't worth it.
I am going for a complete set for the Evercade, which, granted, has been very easy to do since I preordered each game from the very start. (Yes, they got me on Funstock lavender version yesterday too.)
I have a sizeable DC collection, but I never went for and have no intention of going for a complete set.
@Staraang Some stuff has English menus, a lot of non-text heavy games can be brute forced more or less but for things like Sakura Taisen I used a translation guide. Printed off and stapled together. Ye olde days.
@DCGX Yeah that is not really something I considered either. Especially collecting Japanese games there is so much crap and it gets worse if you wanted all the variants. Unsure if I could fit a complete JP set in my game room. Most likely not.
Very cool to see those chasing sets based on series, system and subset alike... I will keep reading this thread for sure as its fun to see how people are setting their goals.
I've completed a North American PS3 set(excluding NBA Elite 11, not actually released to market). Have 2/3rds of the heavy hitters sealed by chance and good timing. Im currently chasing a PS4 North American set which I hope to be fully sealed.... This was not because quarantine made me crazy.
I just went through my SNES and N64 collection and sorted through my excel. Pretty happy where it is, I have stopped buying games outright but looking to do more with my existing collection. Which just means setting aside a monthly budget and using it to buy boxes and manuals for games I already have to make them "complete'. So far so good -- now my SNES collection, seems some games went missing. Not sure what happened there -- I still have the manuals for the games.
Anyways, I am looking for ideas on how to display complete in box SNES/N64 games -- anyone have any creative ideas?